Posts By: Rebecca Barnes

Two PC(USA) Congregations are “Cool Congregations”

Congregations across the nation are caring for the earth we call home in a variety of creative ways.  We know that Presbyterian congregations can  become recognized as Earth Care Congregations through the Presbyterian Hunger Program. But also, in an interfaith and national setting, there is also the annual contest offered by our wonderful partner Interfaith… Read more »

2022 Tread Lightly for Lent daily reflection-action calendar

New! 2022 Tread Lightly for Lent The Presbyterian Hunger Program strives to walk with people in moving towards sustainable choices that restore and protect all of God’s children and creation. As people of faith, we seek to “serve and preserve” God’s world. However, some of our collective choices have led to a changing global climate,… Read more »

January climate and creation workshops in Spanish

The new year started off strong with the offering of three workshops in Spanish and English on climate change and creation care resources. These workshops were offered by the Red Latina (a newly formed group of lay and ordained leaders and allies working to create holistic environmental ministries throughout Latinx churches), interfaith partner GreenFaith, the… Read more »

Reminder: virtual Presbyterian climate ambassador training this Friday!!

The Presbyterian Hunger Program is partnering with Blessed Tomorrow to provide the Blessed Tomorrow Ambassadors Program, to support our current and future clergy and lay leaders with training. In this training you will be trained and equipped to then write, speak and share: the links between climate, our faith, our personal experiences and priorities, the spectrum of solutions and their… Read more »

New Free Resource for Preaching on Care of God’s Creation

In an effort to encourage clergy to preach and teach on Christian ecology at least once a month, a new free resource called EcoPreacher 1-2-3 has just been launched by Rabbi Yonatan Neril (founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development)  and the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade (Assistant Professor of Preaching and… Read more »

God’s Green (and Brown) Revolution

by Jenny Holmes (reposted from Presbyterians for Earth Care blog, link below) “The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.” —Wendell Berry Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.”… Read more »

On the Brink of Extinction: The Vaquita’s Lament

Poem written by Beverly R Hampton Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church Louisville, KY March 7, 2021 Background: A small porpoise named the vaquita was declared the most endangered marine mammal in the world in 2006. Vaquitas have long been in decline as they have been caught in nets intended for another fish called the Totaba whose… Read more »

Honoring the Life and Witness of Rev. Dr. Robert Stivers

Many Presbyterians who have devoted decades to caring for God’s creation and environmental justice and ethics know that Rev. Dr. Robert Stivers (known to many as Bob) was a key figure in our PC(USA) environmental policies and witness. Presbyterians News Services just released this obituary, provided by Rev. William Somplatsky-Jarman. Content pasted below:   Noted… Read more »

Children, Teens, Climate Change and Caring for God’s Creation

Earth Care Congregations and others who are teaching children in Sunday School, youth group, confirmation class, or Vacation Bible Study may find this new global, ecumenical resource exciting. The World Council of Churches has drawn from many member communions to share resources and ideas of how to engage children and youth on issues of caring… Read more »